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Villain Overview

EEEEEEEEK! That's quite enough! I've had it with you annoying Yoshis!
~ Kamek yelling at Yoshi.
Magikoopa magic! Turn the train spastic! Make this ticket tragic!
~ Kamek
Welcome! It's time to face my magic!
~ Kamek

Kamek is one of the two secondary antagonists (alongside Bowser Jr.) of the Mario franchise, as well as serving as the main antagonist of the Yoshi series. He is an old, yet powerful Magikoopa and apparent advisor to Bowser as well as a father figure to Bowser in his youth. He is the highest-ranking member in the Koopa Troop not counting Bowser himself (as well as possibly Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings). He first appeared in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. He was Baby Bowser's caretaker, and continues to look after Bowser, even in the present.

Kamek is the leader of his species known as the Magikoopas, and is sometimes referred to by his species' name.

He is voiced by Atsushi Masaki.

Biography

Super Mario

Super Mario Galaxy

Kamek only appears during one of the opening cutscenes. When Mario attempts to enter Peach's Castle while Bowser lifts it space, Kamek blasts Mario with magic, taunting him to enjoy his flight as he flies off into space.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Under the name "Magikoopa", Kamek appears during each boss battle within the first seven worlds where he uses magic to alter the terrain of the Koopalings' arenas. He is later fought in the tower of World 8, using his magic to create blocks and summon enemies. After Mario defeats him, Kamek takes Peach from Bowser's airship to his castle. In Bowser's Castle, after Mario defeats Bowser, the princess inside the cage turns around to reveal Kamek, having fooled Mario. He then uses his magic to turn Bowser gigantic, only to be knocked aside when the Koopa King emerges from the lava.

New Super Mario Bros. U

Again under the name "Makikoopa", Kamek empowers Boom Boom during his boss fights starting from Layer-Cake Desert and empowers Boss Sumo Bro. at Screwtop Tower. Kamek himself is the boss of Slide Lift Tower, where he creates magical blocks to crush the player and turn the block floor into donut blocks. In The Final Battle, after Bowser's first phase is defeated, Bowser Jr. convinces Kamek to turn Bowser into Super Bowser.

Yoshi

Kamek appears as the secondary antagonist of the Yoshi series, first in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, and the future Kamek appears alongside Bowser (the game is set in the past) in Yoshi's Island DS.

One of his most recent appearances has been Yoshi's Wooly World, in which he turns nearly all the Yoshis into bundles of yarn, scattering them across different worlds. However, two Yoshis manage to avoid being transformed themselves, and they set off to pursue Kamek and rescue their woolly friends.

Kamek is also one of the two main antagonists in Yoshi's Crafted World. In this game, Kamek, along with Baby Bowser, tries to steal the Sundream Stone from the Yoshis; however, it loses all of its gems, making it useless, so Yoshi has to find them before Kamek does, but Kamek and Baby Bowser got it first, making Yoshi have to fight with them. 

Mario Kart

Kamek was originally going to appear in Mario Kart 64 as a playable driver as seen in early screenshots, but was replaced with Donkey Kong. In Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Kamek can be seen observing the race on the Bowser Castle 3 track. In Mario Kart: Double Dash and Mario Kart DS, a sign advertising Kamek's magic show is seen in Baby Park.

Mario Party

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Mario Tennis Aces

Kamek is an unlockable character obtained by participating in the April 2019 online tournament and became DLC on May 1, 2019. He is labeled under the Tricky type.

Mario Golf: World Tour

Kamek can be unlocked by collecting 45 Star Coins in Challenge Mode.

Mario & Luigi

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

Kamek appears as a minor antagonist in the game. He first appears in Baby Bowser's Castle, where he confronts both sets of Mario Bros. while looking for Baby Bowser. Thinking that they are threats and recognizing the Babies from the past, Kamek summons enemies to defeat them.

Later, after the Mario Bros. defeat Swiggler at the Vim Factory, Kamek appears to escort Baby Bowser after he steals the two Cobalt Star Shards from them. The two flee to Yoshi's Island. There, Kamek is forced to steal Yoshi Cookies for Baby Bowser. Eventually, he runs into the Mario Bros. after they come searching for the Cobalt Star Shards. Kamek attempts to halt their progress by setting fire to various parts of the Island, but the Bros are ultimately able to climb the mountain and find Baby Bowser. Cornered, Kamek decides to the fight the Bros. himself, although he is defeated. He does not appear again until the end of the game, where he is seen traveling back to Baby Bowser's Castle with Baby Bowser.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story/Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey

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Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

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Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

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Paper Mario

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

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Paper Mario: Color Splash

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Paper Mario: The Origami King

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Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

Kamek appears as a minor antagonist in the game, although he is referred to as "Magikoopa". After the Smithy Gang takes over Bowser's Keep, he joins Bowser's forces in their attempt to take it back. Eventually, he goes missing and is brainwashed by the Smithy Gang. He reappears at Bowser's Keep, where he attempts to stop Mario's party by summoning enemies. When they make it past that, he fights the party himself. After his defeat, he remembers his loyalty to Bowser and helps the party by creating a coin block that never runs out of coins and healing the party when spoken to.

Dr. Mario World

Kamek was added to Dr. Mario World as Dr. Kamek in the December 2019 update. His ability eliminates four of the most common virus color in the stage.

Super Smash Bros.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Kamek appears as two stickers. One is based on his appearance in Yoshi Touch & Go, which increases projectile attacks for any character. The other sticker, based on his appearance from Yoshi's Island, boosts magic attacks for Peach and Zelda.

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Kamek appears in both Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as a trophy, as part of the Yoshi's Island Trophy Box. In the Wii U version, he appears on the Mushroom Kingdom U stage, in which he will transverse the stage into one of four layouts. In Smash Tour, he can appear randomly to change the position of the checkpoints. In the 3DS version, Kamek appeared as an enemy in Smash Run, attacking with magic that reduces the player's stats.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Kamek reprises his role in the Mushroom Kingdom U stage, and as a primary grab type spirit. His ability increases magic based attacks. His spirit battle is against four Inklings equipped with Star Rods where everyone (including the player) is easy to launch.

Mario & Sonic

Kamek appears as a rival for the BMX event in the 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games and a rival for the Legends Showdown mode of Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition

Despite being one of the antagonists of the game and the one behind casting orbs around the Mushroom Kingdom, Kamek only appears during cutscenes when Bowser Jr. is defeated and never fought or recruited.

Club Nintendo

In the German comic "Mario in Mariozilla", Kamek attempts to shrink Mario only for the spell to backfire and Mario grows massive. Kamek enlarges himself and the two clash in New York City. During their fight, Mario breaks Kamek's broom, causing them to shrink down to ant size, with only Dr. Light able to transform them back. Upon returning to their normal size, the two apologize and makeup with a hug.

Role in the Koopa Troop

Kamek's role in the Koopa Troop is yet to be made completely clear. What is certain is that he is Bowser's caretaker and possibly was once the caretaker of the previous Koopa king. Although Kamek is of the highest rank in the Koopa Troop, his actual title and role are not really known. He does seem to have a certain level of military command; especially back when Bowser was young, when he took almost complete control of the army of the Koopas. This was shown again in Yoshi's Island DS, although this is the present-day incarnation of the wizard, confirming that he still maintains a position as one of Bowser's generals. He spends a lot more time actually in the field than Bowser, and may also serve as one of Bowser's individual agents.

There is also a possibility that he is the head of the Magikoopas who serve under Bowser, in the same manner that Goomboss rules the Goombas as a "puppet king". This is evidenced by the Magikoopa bio from Mario Superstar Baseball, which calls him "the best of the Magikoopas", and in Super Princess Peach, where he commands the only legion of them in the entire game (although this Magikoopa is only assumed be Kamek due to his important role of guarding Luigi and his magical abilities).

If Kamek is about the same rank as Kammy Koopa, a fellow main Magikoopa, it is likely that he will be ranked slightly below Bowser and take orders only from the Royal Family themselves.

Powers and Abilities

The Koopa Wands, magical arsenal of both the royal Koopa family and the Magikoopas.

Kamek is an extremely powerful sorcerer and is proficient in black magic, knowing lots of spells. He also has many magical powers: flying on a broom, teleporting, divination, creation of pink geometric magic projectiles, change of sizes of living beings or objects, pyrokinesis, duplication, mental projection, and many more.

He also has access to a large library of magic books, and has some mechanical skills.

Trivia

  • It could be possible that Bowser is the way he is because Kamek raised him to have the attitude of a dictator.
    • If this is the case, this would probably make Kamek the overarching antagonist of the franchise.
  • If one were to keep listening to Kamek's theme in Yoshi's Island, you would discover that his theme is just a loop of a 7-second tune.
  • To date, the only Yoshi game he has not appeared in is Yoshi's Story. In this game, Baby Bowser was the main antagonist.
  • All Magikoopas are called Kamek in Japan. However, the one named Kamek internationally is assumed to be the same one who took care of Bowser as an infant.
    • The name difference for the Magikoopa species across regions has occasionally led to naming errors within games. The international versions of Super Princess Peach call all the Magikoopas Kamek and there are instances within the Mario Party series where Toadies are referred to as Magikoopas.

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8 Bit Club
Wart | Mouser | Tryclyde | Birdo | Shy Guys

Secret Society of X-Nauts
Sir Grodus | Lord Crump | Shadow Sirens | Doopliss | Shadow Queen

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Elder Princess Shroob | Princess Shroob | Sunnycide

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Count Bleck | Nastasia | O'Chunks | Mimi | Dimentio | Mr. L

Folded Soldiers
King Olly | Handaconda | Paper Macho Soldiers
Legion of Stationery: Colored Pencils | Rubber Band | Hole Punch | Tape | Scissors | Stapler

Smithy Gang
Smithy | Exor | Mack | Bowyer | Yaridovich | Axem Rangers | Blade | Count Down | Domino |

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King K. Rool | Kremling Krew | Kritters | Klump | Krusha | Krunch | Klubba

Other
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See Also
Donkey Kong Villains | Luigi's Mansion Villains | Wario Villains

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Subspace Army
Ancient Minister | Bowser | Bullet Bills | Duon | False Bowser | False Diddy Kong | False Peach | False Samus | False Zelda | Galleom | Ganondorf | Goombas | Hammer Bros. | King Statue | Koopa Troopas | Master Hand | Petey Piranha | Primids | Rayquaza | Ridley | Porky Minch | Shadow Bugs | Tabuu | Wario

World of Light
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Playable Characters
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Bosses
Crazy Hand | Dark Emperor | Dharkon | Dracula | Duon | Galeem | Galleom | Ganon | Giga Bowser | Marx | Master Hand | Master Core | Metal Face | Petey Piranha | Porky Minch | Rathalos | Rayquaza | Ridley | Tabuu | Yellow Devil

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